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23/May/2022

Nail problems, such as brittle and loose nails that may change color or shape, are usually caused by nothing serious.

It’s normal for your nails to change shape over time, such as:

  • It gets thicker or becomes brittle and breaks easily with age
  • It becomes firmer, softer, or more brittle during pregnancy, but should be healthier within 6 months after delivery.
  • Discoloration and fall off after injury, often growing back within 6 months, however, toenails can take up to 18 months.

Tips for taking care of your nails

  • Wear rubber gloves if your hands are often in water or if you use cleaning products regularly
  • Clean your nails with a soft nail brush
  • Apply hand cream regularly to your nails and fingertips
  • Trim your nails regularly, it is best to cut them after showering
  • Cut the infected nails to the site of the injury, as this helps them grow naturally
  • Clip your nails straight to avoid the appearance of an ingrown nail
  • Do not use sharp tools to clean under the nails.
  • Choose the right shoes, here are 15 tips that will help you
  • Stop biting nails or the skin around them
  • Take extra care for fungal infections on your skin, such as athlete’s foot.

Causes of nail problems

Most nail problems are caused by:

  • Injuries or biting nails
  • Dyeing nails, whether due to smoking or a lot of nail polish
  • Cut nails at an angle or not trim them regularly
  • fungal infection

Also, sometimes nail problems can be a symptom of another health problem, such as:

  • nail psoriasis
  • Anemia due to iron deficiency
  • Underactive thyroid gland or hyperthyroidism
  • diabetic
  • Heart, lung, and liver disease

Check your nails regularly

You should constantly check your nails because their health can be a sign of your general health. For example, diabetes, lung disease, and liver disease can cause nail discoloration and changes in the growth rate, while nails are usually healthy and smooth.

Also, some nail problems must be treated so as not to worsen, such as:

  • Bacterial and fungal infections
  • Ingrown nail
  • Warts

When do you visit the doctor?

It is true that not all nail conditions are normal, but you will need to consult a doctor if you notice:

Changes in nail color, such as a change in the color of the entire nail or the appearance of a dark line under the nail

  • Changes in the shape of the nails
  • Thinning or thickening of nails
  • Separation of the nail from the surrounding skin
  • Bleeding around the nails
  • Swelling or pain around the nails

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23/May/2022

Diabetic neuropathy is the result of nerve damage caused by diabetes. Diabetes is also a major cause of neuropathy that affects half of all diabetics!

Diabetic neuropathy most commonly affects the nerves in the feet and hands. High blood glucose levels and level of lipids in the blood can lead to nerve damage over time. Most patients with diabetic neuropathy are unaware they have nerve damage until the doctor notice it during a regular examination or when complications arise.

Types of diabetic neuropathy

  • Peripheral neuropathy is the most common type and usually affects the feet and legs, but can also affect the arms.
  • Autonomic neuropathy damages the nerves that control your internal organs, causing problems with your blood pressure, digestive system, etc.
  • Focal neuropathies characterized by the injury of a single nerve, most commonly affecting the hand, head, trunk, or leg.
  • Proximal neuropathy is a rare type of nerve damage in the hip, buttock or thigh. The damage usually affects one side of the body.

Symptoms depend on the type of diabetic neuropathy you have.

Peripheral neuropathy

About one third to one half of diabetics have peripheral neuropathy. Symptoms vary from person to person! But the most common symptoms are numbness, tingling, and discomfort. Symptoms may develop on both feet at the same time.

Furthermore, almost half of the patients experience significant foot pain and increased sensitivity to pain! Neuropathic pain is frequently greater at night resulting in disrupting sleep patterns, and these symptoms can have a significant impact on health and wellness for the following reasons:

  • Weakness causes foot abnormalities such as hammer toes and bunions.
  • Damage to the foot may go unnoticed due to numbness.
  • They can all contribute to the formation of a foot ulcer.

Causes of diabetic neuropathy

High blood levels of glucose and lipids are one of the main causes of neuropathy. Studies have shown that controlling blood glucose level in people with type 1 diabetes can reduce neuropathy by 60%, while this percentage decreases in people with diabetes from Type 2, but controlling lipid levels may reduce the incidence of nerve damage in people with type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic neuropathy treatment

Unfortunately, damaged nerves cannot be repaired, but your doctor may prescribe pain relievers. However, the risk of further foot problems can also be minimized by:

  • Checking the feet regularly for any early signs such as cracks in the skin, signs of infection or deformity.
  • See a podiatrist as soon as you notice a problem, because treating foot ulcers early increases your chances of healing.
  • Maintaining healthy feet and nails
  • Choosing the right socks and shoes for your feet
  • Avoiding activities that may injure the feet
  • Ensuring that your shoes are free of stones, sticks and other foreign objects before wearing them

Prevention of diabetic neuropathy

  • Maintain the blood sugar levels within your target range
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Quit smoking.
  • Maintaining blood pressure and blood lipids at a healthy level by changing the diet and adhering to the medications prescribed by the doctor.
  • Consult a podiatrist immediately when any symptoms appear such as pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet.
  • Examination of the feet at least once a year by a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center.

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23/May/2022

An ingrown toenail is a common foot condition that affects two out of every ten individuals who see a podiatrist. It can be painful and make standing or walking difficult. However, therapy is simple, and it is preventable.

Causes of an ingrown toenail

An ingrown toenail can have many causes:

  • A bruised toe
  • Congenital (shape of your foot).
  • Repeated pressure on the toenails as a result of playing some sports or having a fungal infection or psoriasis.
  • Thick or curved toenails.
  • Trimming of the nails incorrectly, such as cutting the nail too short at the corners.

The big toe is the most often affected, and an ingrown toenail occurs when the toenail grows in a curved path toward the skin as a result of cutting toenails at the wrong angle.

It can affect anyone, but patients who are suffering from the following diseases are more susceptible:

  • Severe nerve damage in your foot.
  • Poor blood circulation.
  • Infection around the nail.

Symptoms of a nail infection

An ingrown toenail can cause your toe to become red, painful, and swollen, but bacteria can enter if the toenail grows into the skin or if the skin grows over the edge of the nail! Furthermore, the nail may become infected.

Symptoms of an ingrown toenail infection include:

  • Fluid or pus drains from the toe.
  • Redness or darkening of the area.
  • Feeling of warmth or warmth in the toe.

Ingrown toenail home treatment

  • Soaking the feet in warm water 3 to 4 times a day, which helps soften the skin around the toe and prevents nail growth in it.
  • Keep your feet dry.
  • Wear wide, comfortable shoes and avoid narrow and pointed shoes.
  • To relieve pain, use paracetamol or ibuprofen.
  • Do not trim your toenails and let them grow.

When do you consult a podiatrist?

First, do not try to cut the ingrown nail yourself, because it may get worse, seek the podiatrist for help. While an ingrown toenail can be treated at home, you should see a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center if:

  • The condition did not improve after following the mentioned home remedies.
  • Your toe is very painful, swollen, and oozing with pus.
  • You have a high temperature or feel hot or shivering.
  • You have diabetes, which makes foot issues more serious.

Do you need to have surgery?

In most situations, an ingrown toenail does not require surgery, but in severe cases, a podiatrist may need to surgically remove part of the nail. He will inject an anesthetic into your toe. It may take several months for the nail to regrow. After surgery, the patient will be able to resume regular activities within two days. However, you should ask your doctor about when you may resume sports like running.

Prevention

Fortunately, the following steps can help prevent an ingrown toenail

  • Soak the nail in warm water before cutting it or cut it after taking a bath.
  • Clean the nail clipper before using it.
  • Wear appropriate shoes that provide enough room at the toes.
  • Avoid injuring the sides of the nails.
  • If you have diabetes, take care of your feet.
  • Keep your feet clean and dry.

Remember that even if your feet and nails are in a healthy condition, you will need to visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Health Center to trim your nails and remove calluses professionally. It is also recommended for those who have difficulty taking care of their feet and nails, for example, as a result of difficulty reaching their feet due to problems in their feet. their joints.


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23/May/2022

Health and Style Medical Center is a leading foot clinic in the field of foot care and treatment. Our team consists of well qualified podiatrists who offer comprehensive foot and ankle treatment. They also diagnose and treat common foot and ankle problems using the latest technology. As a result, podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help all patients.

Our medical team treats each case individually, tailoring the treatment plan to the unique demands and lifestyle of the patient, while also offering specialized care, on the basis of the belief that there is no one treatment that works for everyone. The staff is also committed to assisting all patients in returning to their favorite activities by delivering the best podiatric treatment.

Why choose our foot clinic?

We guarantee that we will do our best to ensure that you are satisfied with your visit and that you receive the treatment and care you need. To achieve this, we are always searching for innovative treatment methods and technology, as well as evaluating the benefits they bring to you.

Our team will provide general foot care advice and can help you with many medical conditions such as corn removal, Ingrown toenails, and thickened nails. Furthermore, we provide the following services:

  • Foot health check.
  • Comprehensive foot care.
  • Diabetic foot care.
  • Medical foot care.
  • Foot care for all family members, regardless of age.
  • Various treatment options for foot orthotics.
  • Performing foot surgery (simple procedures)
  • Gait and postural analysis.
  • Computerized assessment
  • Biomechanics insoles & orthotics

Our foot clinic also offers numerous benefits, such as:

  • Comprehensive diagnostic services.
  • Connecting with Malaffi to ensure that we provide you with a superior service.
  • Accepting most insurance plans.
  • The ability to book an appointment via WhatsApp.

In your first visit

The podiatrist will:

  • Perform gait analysis, if applicable.
  • Carry out a biomechanical and range of motion testing, if applicable.
  • Take your full medical history.
  • Provide a diagnosis.
  • Develop a treatment plan.

Why do you need to take special care of your feet?

Foot care and visits to the foot clinic are not a luxury, and you should visit our foot clinic in Health and Style Medical Center regularly even if you do not have a specific problem, because the feet provide stability and balance, as well as absorb shocks, so that the rest of the body is not affected during movement.

You don’t have to suffer in silence any longer; we have a remedy for foot problems and we look forward to treating your feet and seeing you happy, satisfied, and healthy soon at all times.


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23/May/2022

Diabetes can reduce blood flow to your feet. As a result, 1 out of every 10 diabetes patients gets foot ulcers, which can lead to serious problems if left untreated.

Diabetes’s effect on the feet

Diabetes can cause many serious foot problems such as:

  • Poor blood circulation: leading to severe coldness, cramps, tingling, or a burning sensation.
  • Neuropathy: impairs the ability to feel pain, pressure, and feeling. However, the patient may have severe aches, particularly at night.
  • Infection: cuts and scrapes are often slow to heal and become easily infected.
  • Soreness: most often caused by wearing poor-fitting shoes. Diabetes may change the shape of the foot, resulting in the need for specialized shoes.

Many people with diabetes are concerned about gangrene. Although gangrene is rare, it is especially dangerous for neglected diabetic foot problems.

Keep your feet healthy

  • Wash them daily with warm water.
  • Pat them gently with a soft towel, especially between the toes.
  • Do not soak your feet for more than 5 minutes.
  • Moisturize your feet daily if they are dry; however, do not put the cream between your toes.
  • Check your feet daily to verify that there are no sores or discharges, and ask someone or use a mirror if you need assistance.
  • Apply a bandage to any sores and consult a podiatrist if they take longer than expected to heal.
  • Maintain normal blood glucose levels.

Foot care tips

  • Schedule a yearly physical examination with your doctor and visit him if you have symptoms such as numbness.
  • Keep your feet clean and protected from infection.
  • Wear well-fitting shoes because improper footwear can cause calluses, calluses, sores, and nail problems.
  • Take care of wounds and ulcers.
  • Avoid walking barefoot.
  • Keep your nails trimmed.
  • Visit a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center to treat call uses or hard skin.
  • Quit smoking because it impairs blood circulation causing serious foot problems.
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly to help control diabetes and reduce the risk of developing foot problems.

When do you consult a doctor?

You should see a doctor immediately if:

  • You see cracks in your foot’s skin or a discharge pouring from the wound.
  • Change in the color of the skin over part or all of the foot.
  • You notice additional swelling in your foot where a blister or damage has occurred.
  • There is redness or swelling around the ulcer.

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23/May/2022

The Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone and withstands a great deal of strain and pressure during daily activities as well as sports activities. It also helps to walk on your toes and drive your foot forward, so you rely on it mostly while walking or moving your feet.

Achilles tendon ruptures affect the back of the lower leg and occur when the Achilles tendon is overstretched. It usually affects athletes, although it may affect anyone. When the Achilles tendon ruptures, you may hear a popping sound followed by severe pain in the back of your ankle and lower leg, making it difficult to walk.

Symptoms

You may not have any symptoms of an Achilles tendon rupture; however, you will most likely experience the following:

  • Feeling like you’ve been kicked in the back of your leg.
  • Severe pain and swelling near the ankle.
  • Inability to bend the foot down.
  • You cannot stand on your toes on the injured leg.
  • A popping sound occurs when the injury occurs.

Causes

The blood flow to Achilles tendon is poor, making it more susceptible to injury and limiting its ability to heal. An abrupt increase in pressure on the tendon is a typical cause of the rupture. It also happens when:

  • Increased intensity of sports activities, particularly activities involving jumping.
  • Falling from a height.
  • Taking a step into a hole.

Factors that increase the risk

  • Men are five times more likely than women to suffer an Achilles tendon rupture.
  • Ruptures are more common between the ages of 30 and 40.
  • Playing sports like football, basketball, and tennis.
  • Taking antibiotics contain fluoroquinolone.
  • Overweight and obesity increase the pressure on the tendon.

Treatment of Achilles tendon

Your doctor will choose the best treatment for you based on numerous variables, including your age, the activities you participate in, and the severity of the injury. Usually, younger, more active people tend to have surgery to repair a complete rupture, while older people prefer nonsurgical treatments option.

Non-surgical treatment

Includes:

  • Rest and use of crutches.
  • Putting ice on the affected area.
  • Take pain relievers.
  • Avoid moving your ankle during the first few weeks, usually using a medical device.

Nonsurgical treatment avoids the risks associated with surgery, such as infection, although recovery may take longer.

Surgery

The procedure involves stitching the torn tendon. Depending on the condition, repair may be enhanced with other tendons.

Complications can include infection and nerve damage.

Achilles tendon Rehabilitation

After any treatment, you’ll do physical therapy exercises to strengthen your leg muscles and Achilles tendon, and most people are back to their previous activity level within six months.

You may schedule an appointment at Health and Style Medical Center right now to receive the care you need.


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23/May/2022

Flat feet are characterized by one or both feet having little or no arch.

  1. There is no need to treat flat feet if they are not causing any problem.
  2. Usually, it do not cause any problem.
  3. Should not prevent you from doing any activities, including sports!
  4. Flat feet are rarely a sign of serious diseases
  5. Children’s feet usually remain flat until about six years old.
  6. Flat feet are one of the most frequent conditions in children, affecting 90% of children by the age of one year.
  7. It caused by increased flexibility of the foot’s joints and ligaments.
  8. It can cause pain in the arch of the foot and ankle after prolonged standing or walking; in these cases, arch supports can help alleviate the symptoms.
  9. Surprisingly, it does not affect the growth of the foot.
  10. Experiencing discomfort or numbness in your feet.
  • Repeated foot or ankle injuries.
  • You have problems walking or balancing
  • You have recently had flat foot
  • Only affects one foot
  1. How a podiatrist at Health and Style Medical Center can help you
  • Will help you choose shoes that are a good fit for you.
  • Will advise you to use a shoe sole to support your feet.
  • Suggest foot exercises for you.
  • Prescribe analgesics.

These tips will help in treating pain and/or stiffness, but they won’t change the shape of your feet. But if you have a problem with the bones, tissues, or muscles in your foot, a podiatrist may recommend surgery.

 


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23/May/2022

At first, you should know that sprained ankle does not just happen to athletes! it can happen to anyone, but athletes are more likely to have it. Ankle sprains account for around 25% of all sports injuries.

Risk factors

There are factors that may increase the risk of sprained ankle, including:

  • Playing sports.
  • Walking or running on uneven surfaces.
  • A prior ankle injury.
  • Wearing high-heeled shoes.
  • Exercising without warming up.
  • Muscle tension.
  • Stretching too much.

Ankle sprain symptoms

Symptoms of sprained ankle depend on the severity, symptoms may include:

  • Pain around the ankle
  • Swollen ankle
  • Inability to bear weight on your ankle
  • Having muscle spasms

How is an ankle sprain diagnosed?

The doctor will examine your ankle and may request an X-ray or other imaging tests to ensure that no bone fractures or other injuries have occurred.

Sprained ankle treatment

Most cases of ankle sprains recover within two weeks of following these tips:

  • Rest for up to two weeks.
  • Stop any exercise or activity and try not to bear any weight on your ankle.
  • Applying an ice pack to your ankle every two to three hours.
  • Support your ankle by wrapping a bandage around it.
  • Raise your feet on a pillow.
  • Avoid taking hot baths.
  • Taking pain medications such as Paracetamol or applying ibuprofen gel to reduce swelling.

Prevention

  • Perform ankle strengthening exercises to maintain your muscles strong.
  • Never skip warming up.
  • Take care while walking on an even surface.
  • Avoid muscle strain.
  • Use lace-up ankle braces.
  • Wear shoes that are appropriate for what you are going to do.
  • Avoid wearing high-heeled shoes as much as possible.

Complications

Recurring sprains, not properly treating a sprained ankle, or resuming normal activities too soon after an injury might result in the following complications:

  • Chronic ankle pain
  • Chronic ankle joint damage
  • Ankle Arthritis

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23/May/2022

A corn or callus is an area of hard skin that develops as a result of increased pressure on that area such as standing or rubbing with shoes, but some people naturally tend to form corns because of their skin type.

Facts about corns and calluses:

  • They often appear on feet and hands.
  • Corns are small lumps of hard skin.
  • Calluses are larger patches of thick skin.
  • Both corn and callus could be painful.

Causes of injury

  • Wearing high heels, uncomfortable shoes, or shoes of the wrong size.
  • Not wearing socks with shoes.
  • Lifting heavy weights.
  • Playing some musical instruments.

Tips help to treat callus and corn

  1. Wear thick, padded socks.
  2. Wear loose, comfortable shoes with low heels and a comfortable sole.
  3. Avoid wearing high heels or narrow, pointed shoes
  4. Use heel pads.
  5. Soften rough skin on your feet by soaking them in warm water.
  6. Regularly use a pumice stone or foot file to remove hard skin.
  7. Moisturize your skin to keep skin smooth.
  8. Do not walk long distances or stand for long periods.
  9. Avoid walking barefoot.
  10. Use Over-the-counter products to treat calluses and corns. You can use pain reliever when necessary.

See your podiatrist

A podiatrist will help you treat corns and calluses by:

  • Using bandages or medications to soften the hard skin and make it simpler to remove.
  • Using specially designed soft pads or insoles to relieve pressure on the affected area.
  • Removing the corn or callus. The podiatrist may cut the thicker skin with a scalpel to help relieve pressure on the tissues. Do not attempt to remove callus/corn on your own as this might aggravate the discomfort and cause infection.

You should see a doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

  • You have diabetes.
  • Having a problem with blood circulation or heart disease.
  • If the callus/corn is bleeding or contains pus or discharges.
  • The callus/corn did not improve despite being treated at home for 3 weeks.
  • The pain is severe or stops you from carrying out your normal activities.

Call us on 026330515 or 0555116072 to book a medical appointment with a podiatrist at Health & Style Medical Center.


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23/May/2022

The disease of kings?! & Tips to prevent further attacks

Historically, Gout was called the “disease of kings” because they were more likely to have it, due to their eating habits!

So, what’s gout?

Gout is a common type of arthritis, in which small crystals of uric acid are formed in the body fluids, tissues & joints usually the big toe joint, these crystals are formed as a result of hyperuricemia (high uric acid level). Surprisingly, not all patients with hyperuricemia suffer from gout! Sometimes gout symptoms get worse suddenly & flares happen followed by a long period of remission.

Symptoms may include:

  • Severe pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat

Factors that increase the risk of getting gout

  • Obesity
  • Having certain health conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes & poor kidney function
  • Taking certain medications, such as diuretics.
  • Eating or drinking high fructose foods or drinks.
  • Following high purines diet by eating too much red meat, salmon & tuna.

Treatment

Usually, there is no need to treat hyperuricemia if you don’t have gout symptoms. Treatment is used to relieve symptoms during gout attacks or to prevent further ones, treatment options may include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids
  • Colchicine
  • Medicines that help in lowering uric acid in the blood

How can you prevent further gout attacks?

Suddenly, lifestyle changes can help you manage the symptoms

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet & avoid foods high in purines.
  • Exercise 150 minutes weekly including walking & cycling.
  • Visit your doctor regularly.
  • Weight loss, since achieving and maintaining weight may lead to weight loss.


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